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You & Me in NYC: Leen’s move to the Big Apple

June 7, 2011

Midtown Manhattan skyline from Hillside Park

Last month, Washington, D.C. native Leen Zada won free summer housing in New York City in EHS’s You & Me in NYC promotion with Today, Leen updates us on her big move and prepping for her first day as a marketing and outreach intern at the Participatory Culture Foundation.

Leen Zada, Participatory Culture Foundation internBy Leen Zada

I cannot begin to express my excitement about leaving D.C. to spend my summer in New York City.  Getting the congratulatory email from was such a pleasant surprise :). It didn’t hit me that I would actually be spending the summer in New York until I had to start packing early Saturday morning [May 28] around 6 a.m.

Even though I was extremely excited to come to New York, I had put off packing until the last minute, as usual.  So I threw all my clothes and everything that I could think of into two suitcases and a couple of other bags, while my dad looked at me with astonishment about why I needed so many bags.

My parents and I had originally planned to leave the house at 9 a.m., but ended up leaving around noon. The four-hour drive to NYC went by pretty fast, given that we didn’t hit any traffic and I slept the entire time!

After checking into our hotel in Manhattan, we walked around the city and got tickets to see Chicago that night, which is a typical tourist move, but the show was amazing. We also checked out the Colony Record and Radio Center in Times Square, where I got my picture taken holding an Elvis record to be put up on their wall.

'Chicago' at the Ambassador

On her first night in NYC, Leen and her family went to see 'Chicago.'

Sunday was move-in day, and I was pretty excited to get settled.  After arriving at EHS in Brooklyn Heights, I checked in and put my things in my room, then went to lunch with my parents.

The EHS St. George complex

EHS' St. George residence complex in Brooklyn Heights

There was a meet-and-greet where everyone was introducing themselves to other students and interns. I met some great people through the meet-and-greet, and a big group of us decided to go out to the city that night.

Shopping in SoHo

Before her internship began on June 1, Leen got some shopping done in NYC's trendy SoHo fashion district.

Since my internship at PCF didn’t start until June 1, I took advantage of my free time and decided to explore New York. I went out with my new friends and walked around our neighborhood. We went to the Promenade, which has a spectacular view. We also hung out and tanned at Hillside Park, which was very relaxing and also had the same view as the Promenade, but closer.

The night before my internship, I got dinner with a few friends then went back to my room to get a good night’s sleep and be ready to work!

Stay tuned for my next post about my internship! 😉

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